23m Above Ghent, It'll Be You, A Cozy Bed And A Great Big Clock
We've all experienced the thrill of visiting an old-world European city, staying in a perfectly-situated hotel, and then going out during the day to discover all the city's sights and monuments. But what if you could bring those sights to you?
That's exactly what a new art-installation-cum-hotel-room in Ghent, Belgium is trying to do. Supported by a web of scaffolding on top of the city's train station, Hotel Ghent is a temporary one-room hotel that's been built around a clock tower.
As in, you better appreciate public monuments because once you check into this room, it's all clock, nothing but clock, all the time. The project was designed by artist Tazu Rous and is intended to make the visitor experience an iconic object in a new or "different" way. Yep, we'd say this is pretty different, alright...
And would you be surprised to learn that, while daytime tours of the room are still available, overnight stays have already sold out?
For those who did manage to book themselves in there for a night, what they'll find is pretty standard: a bed, a bathroom with a full tub, some windows to enjoy the view, a small coffee table with chairs, and—oh yeah—that ginormous clock face taking up most of the room. The going rate was 105 Euro per night, which is actually pretty reasonable, considering how unique the space and its convenient location.
Judging from these photos seen on the blog I Love Belgium, the room itself is actually decent-looking—the hardwood floors and tiled bathroom area branded with the artist's name are a particularly nice touch.
No sign of an iPod dock or any other tech amenities, but, well, that's probably the point.
[Photo: I Love Belgium]